I'm pleased to announce the second edition of The Pirate's Bastard is now available in paperback and e-book format ... and the reviews are starting to roll in again. This book was nominated for the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction--quite an honor for a debut novel. The first edition sold out, so ... here we go again!
Besides, for a fast summer read, what's better than a pirate story?
Set in colonial North Carolina near Wilmington and Orton Plantation, The Pirate's Bastard tells of Edward Marshall, illegitimate son of the notorious "gentleman pirate," Stede Bonnet, and how he comes to the new world to recast his life as a shipbuilder. Things are going well: he's building a good ship, he's got a lady love, and the respect of the small community of Brunswicktown. What could possibly go wrong? (Don't you hate it when someone asks that?) For starters, his dead father's first mate (boatswain) approaches Edward with a plan to hunt for treasure and a bit of blackmail in mind.